TW: anxiety/depression/panic attacks.
Title: Some kind of Happiness | Author: Claire Legrand | Year:
Genre: Middle Grade | Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:
• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.). Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones. With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself. Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination
This book was such a great read. Honestly, I bought this book because of the cover, but the story ended it up being amazing. I wasn’t expecting being so attached to Finley, our main character. This book made me cry, made me laugh, made me feel happy, it’s just a “combo” of what a great book should have. But I advice that if you feel that anxiety and panic attacks are a sensitive subject for you and a trigger, I don’t think you should read.
Finley is a 11 years old girl who is going to spend the summer in her grandparents house. She knows that her parents need some time to “figure things out” and that’s why she isn’t going to be with them during summer. As an anxious person, Finley doesn’t really want to go there, she wants to stay in her house, writing about Everwood. But, she needs to go and it’s when everything started to change. She will fight her “demons”, her fears and learn a lot about herself, the world and about… family.
This book was so special because I’m a person who has been struggling with anxiety for a long time (I’m way better now, but still…), so Finley was so relatable for me, you know? I really liked how sensitive is Claire’s writing style, because you can totally feel and understand what the main character is going through.
The way that Finley creates Everwood makes you totally believe it, because it is real for her, isn’t a joke, isn’t a play and people around her don’t understand this. And because the story is in first person, we can see exactly what our protagonist is thinking and feeling. All her struggles, all her fears… The narrative is very fluid and it’s an easy book to read, even with the “difficult” content.
I think this book is about family, about ourselves, about life, about our journey in this Planet as humans being. I think this book made me think about so many things and I’ll definitely never forget Finley and her story. I totally recommend Some kind of Happiness to everyone who is looking for a sensitive story. I promise it will be worth it.